Pearls have always been associated with the rich and powerful, not only because of their elegant look, but because of their high value. This was because, until the 18th century, the only pearls on the market were natural pearls, procured through pearl hunting. This meant a pearl hunter had to go out in the ocean, identify an oyster bed, scoop it up from the ocean bottom, and hope that a significant of those oysters contained pearls. This practice, of course, was quite costly. It also decimated oyster populations.
In the early 1900s pearl farming changed that, bringing cultured pearls to the market. Pearl farms are farms of oysters in which each oyster is given an irritant, which then begins the process to create the pearl. After a certain amount of time, the oysters are farmed and the pearls are removed and put on the market. This is not only better for the environment, it has brought down the cost of pearls so that now almost everyone, not just the royal and the super-rich, can enjoy this gem's beauty.
Flaherty Jewelers is proud to carry Imperial Pearls, a trusted name for loose pearls and pearl jewelry since 1892. If your look, or that special someone's look, contains a traditional sophistication and elegance, Imperial Pearls can help accent that look. Let Flaherty Jewelers find just the right Imperial Pearls piece for you or that special someone.